18
Sep
2020

Amir Khan: Canelo has improved a lot since Floyd Mayweather fight

Canelo v Khan 07/05/2016

Naoki Fukuda

Middleweight title challenger Amir Khan is unsure adopting the same tactics Floyd Mayweather did will be fully effective against Canelo Alvarez when the pair collide in Las Vegas.

Khan, 29, faces the big-hitting Mexican at the newly-built T-Mobile Arena on HBO pay-per-view later tonight in the hope of inflicting a second defeat on Canelo in 48 contests. The first man to put a dent in the ginger warrior’s record was Floyd Mayweather Jr back in 2013, although Khan is adamant Canelo is a different animal since then.

“Floyd Mayweather is his own fighter, and everyone is their own fighter, everyone is different in that way, so I’m not going to say that I’m going to do what Mayweather did,” said Khan.

“I think since Mayweather beat Canelo, Canelo is a better fighter. I’ve been watching his fights, and I think he’s improved a lot as a fighter.

“So really I’m just going to have to beat the Canelo who is going to be in front of me. I know he’s going to be changing his style a lot, but whatever Canelo brings we can have answers for.

“Canelo is a strong guy. There’s not much of a blueprint there. There’s only one guy who beat him, which is Mayweather, and like I said, he’s changing as a fighter. He’s getting better. Once we get in that ring, we have a game plan. We have a game plan. We have a strategy to win this fight, and it’s all about sticking to that, and I know I can win this fight that way,” he added.

Despite being a 5/2 against underdog to defeat Canelo, Khan is favoured by some to have the edge should the fight go the full twelve rounds. 

The general consensus though is that Khan must avoid trading at all costs – even though the Briton himself has promised to trade with Canelo from the first bell.